Leon Mendonca - A typical day in the life of a professional chess player

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1/29/2024 – Leon Luke Mendonca was the surprise winner of the Tata Steel Challenger tournament in Wijk aan Zee. He started with 3 out of 6 points, and was lost in the lower part of the table, until he recovered with 6.5 points out of his last 7 games, to reach first place! The Indian Grandmaster and ChessBase Host, Arne Kaehler, started a video series in 2023, on how a typical day in a life of a professional chess player looks like. The insights of young Leon (turning 18 in March) are tremendous, and you can learn a lot in this first video. | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2024

The Keymer Variation - 1.Nf3 d5 2.e3 The Keymer Variation - 1.Nf3 d5 2.e3

This video course features the ins-and-outs of the possible setups Black can choose. You’ll learn the key concepts and strategies needed to add this fantastic opening to your repertoire. An easy-to-learn and yet venomous weapon.

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A typical day in the life of a professional chess player

with GM Leon Mendonca

  • 0:00 - Intro
  • 0:23 - Leon played more than 150 games in 2023. How to handle this amount?
  • 1:07 - How important is a good sleep for chess players? How long do you sleep?
  • 2:55 - Do you have a coach? Are you reading any chess books?
  • 3:27 - Without a schedule, how can you motivate yourself to work on chess every day?
  • 4:13 - How important is ChessBase? Engines? And how do you use these tools?
  • 5:03 - Real example of how Leon randomly chooses a game of his interest, and uses Chessbase for analysis.

The Keymer Variation - 1.Nf3 d5 2.e3

This video course features the ins-and-outs of the possible setups Black can choose. You’ll learn the key concepts and strategies needed to add this fantastic opening to your repertoire. An easy-to-learn and yet venomous weapon.

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